Bugatti stops production of Veyron coupe

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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The convertible-top Veyron Grand Sport, shown here at its unveiling at the 2008 Pebble Beach show, remains as the only Bugatti model currently for sale. (Photo: Trevor Hofmann, Canadian Auto Press)

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The Bugatti Veyron is, in a word, astonishing. When the Volkswagen Group purchased the historic French automaker in 1998, the Veyron was used to reestablish Bugatti as an elite force in the world of supercars. In short, the Veyron and its hard-working team of developers succeeded in stunning fashion.

When it debuted in 2003, the Veyron boasted 1001 metric horsepower from an 8.0-litre, 16-cylinder engine, which was essentially made by connecting two of Volkswagen's unique W8 engines together. The W16 engine was outfitted with four turbochargers, while ten radiators were needed for cooling. The Veyron was also priced at over $1,000,000, and with a top speed of 408 km/h it was quite simply the most expensive and the fastest production car on the planet. When the Super Sport version debuted in 2010, the incredible power figures improved to 1,200 metric horsepower and the top speed rose to 431.07 km/h.

Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in a Veyron passes by in just 2.5 seconds with the use of a dual-clutch 7-speed gearbox that can shift gears in just 150 milliseconds. Carbon-ceramic brakes bring the Bugatti to a stop from 100km/h in just 2.3 seconds, in only 31.4 metres of travel. The aforementioned Super Sport with its higher top speed and power is claimed to accomplish this feat in even less time. Bugatti's Veyron is also claimed to be the first production vehicle with a full carbon-fibre monocoque frame and has a torsional rigidity of 60,000 Newton metres.

Now that the 300th Veyron coupe has been ordered and its limited availability having reached its maximum, Bugatti will only continue building the convertible version of the car known as the Grand Sport. A top speed of 407 km/h with the convertible roof up and 360 km/h with the convertible roof removed ensures that the Veyron Grand Sport is the world's fastest convertible.

"In the Veyron the Bugatti team has created a vehicle that has already become an icon of automotive history," said Wolfgang Dürheimer, President of Bugatti Automobiles S.A.S. "Both technologically and in terms of design, the Veyron is still far ahead of its time. The Grand Sport is a further pinnacle of achievement in the open-top sports car segment, and we intend to maintain the same standard in our future Bugatti products."
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Sports Coupe, Bugatti, 2011, Veyron, Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport,

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